Google IO 2015 Coverage

Sega will be removing several games from mobile app stores over the coming weeks

humble_sega_mobile_bundle_games_addedIn a blog post today, Sega has announced that they will be pulling several of their older titles from mobile app stores over the next few weeks. According to the company, some older games don’t quite meet their standards of quality anymore, and so they’ll be removed from Google’s Play Store, Amazon’s App Store, and Samsung’s Galaxy Apps, plus the iOS App Store.

This is a pretty odd move, especially for a company that was probably still pulling in some cash from its older games, but I guess it’s better for consumers so they don’t buying up games from Sega’s back catalog only to find out that they aren’t working properly on their 2015 device. Read more

Qualcomm talks Samsung, the Snapdragon 810, and overheating issues

Qualcomm_Logo_01_TA_CES_2014Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 processor has been the hottest processor to talk about this year, no pun intended. But despite all of the rumors about overheating issues, the company has remained mostly silent about what was going on with their flagship CPU. Qualcomm’s VP of marketing, Tim McDonough, has finally stepped up to try and explain their side of things and exactly what’s going on behind the scenes with these chips. Read more

Google will intro Voice Access service at I/O for controlling apps without touching your phone

voice access ioGoogle I/O 2015 is shaping up to be pretty exciting, and the latest news from the conference only adds to that. Google will apparently be showing off a new Voice Access service that will allow developers to easily add ways for users to control their apps completely hands-free. Google has been pushing for voice activated stuff ever since the Google/Motorola collaboration that turned out to be the 2013 Moto X, and we’ve seen voice control make its way into other Google apps since then. Read more

Google’s Project Fi cancels your Google Voice account, at least until you cancel Project Fi

Project_Fi_Nexus_6_01When Google announced Project Fi, there were some concerns over its compatibility with Google Voice. It was clarified that if you ported your GV number over to Fi, you’d keep all of your texts, call logs, and other Voice settings, but you were going to lose tons of functionality that many users were probably familiar with, especially when it came to Google Talk and Google Voice apps. Read more

Samsung’s Galaxy J1 headed to Verizon’s network

verizon galaxy j1Samsung’s Galaxy J1 is a mid-range device, and one that typically doesn’t see its way onto many US carriers. However, it looks like the budget-friendly phone will find a home on Verizon’s network at some point this year. Interestingly, the normally 3G-only device appears to have 4G connectivity. Of course, you shouldn’t expect Verizon to launch any phones in 2015 without their signature 4G LTE branding, but it’s worth noting that this model will be slightly different than what Samsung has previously released. Read more

The 1st and 2nd generation Moto X should be receiving Android 5.1 soon

Motorola_Moto_E_Back_Slanted_TAMotorola has released some support documents that seem to indicate that both the older and newer versions of the Moto X should be seeing the Android 5.1 update pretty soon. The original Moto X is currently on Android 4.4, so this update should leapfrog Google’s initial Lollipop update.

The documents show feature changes for the Moto X 2nd Gen, and the T-Mobile version of the same device. Another document does specifically mention the 1st generation device, and it obviously is seeing the bigger jump since it’s coming from KitKat. Read more

Possible 3rd-gen Moto X specs leak, shows higher resolution screen and Snapdragon 808 CPU

Moto_X_2014_2nd_Gen_Slanted_Back_Motorola_Logo_Camera_Lens_01_TAIf you’ve been holding off on taking advantage of one of Motorola’s deals on the Moto X for whatever they’re planning on introducing this year, we don’t blame you. Up until now, we hadn’t really heard anything about the upcoming third-generation Moto X, however, but thanks to a new leak we’ve got an idea of what kind of hardware to expect.

This leak shows some hardware similar to the Motorola manufactured Droid Turbo, including a 5.2-inch 1440 x 2560 resolution screen, a Snapdragon 808 processor, and a crazy 4 GB of RAM. The camera looks to be a 16 megapixel shooter, and you’ll have the option between 32 and 64 GB storage options. Plus, it’s a new Motorola phone, so expect normal MotoMaker customization, too. Read more

Galaxy Note Edge on T-Mobile getting updated to Android 5.0

Samsung_Galaxy_Note_Edge_Main_03_TAT-Mobile has been on a roll with software updates lately. The carrier version of the Galaxy Note Edge is now officially seeing the Lollipop update OTA from T-Mobile, bringing a few features and the revamped Android software that Google introduced last year.

Unfortunately, it’s only 5.0, and not 5.1, but that’s still better than KitKat. You’ll need about 3 GB of space free for the update, but hopefully you haven’t crammed enough stuff onto your 32 GB device for that to be a problem. Read more